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Nice to see this piece I did with Jeff Beck on You had it Coming selected by Dior for one of their latest ads in France. Got to give ’em credit for their taste… You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swQkTRZls1o...
by Andy
As summer rushes along, I just wanted to take a moment to put down some thoughts on the live spectacle we staged last month in Shepherd’s Bush… The first West London Music Festival turned out to be an inspiring night of music from a group of artists I’ve really ...
by Andy
As a record producer, the bulk of my time is spent in a studio slaving over a hot desk (so to speak), but the life-blood of good music is in live performance – and I’ve been thinking for a while now that there are too few decent gigs on the west side of town. Wanting [&hell...
by Andy
I’ve been writing songs and producing work for Purdy for a couple of years now, and we released her first album Diamonds in the Dust about a year and a half ago. But lately, we’re all getting very excited about a new direction things have taken – and think we may just...
by Andy
It’s the 10th anniversary of Tose’s passing in October and I’m working with the family on trying to create another album release because there’s still so much love for Tose and so much interest in him in the Balkan countries. We’ve got a collection o...
by Andy
Jetson Molloy and the Intergalactic Kittens – Update Ryan and I go back a long way since we first worked together on his debut album for BMG. For a while we even had our own act; Sugar High – part of Simon Fuller’s stable – and since those early days, Ryan’s ach...
by Andy
Ryan Molloy and I have embarked on a new album together under the band moniker ‘Jetson Molloy and the Intergalactic Kittens’. It’s space themed, ultimate party music and we have become highly ambitious about our chances of making a mark with it.   Our launch is i...
by Andy
Great to see the immensely talented Nell Bryden achieve Radio 2 album of the week. One of my favourite career albums and I truly hope that she gets the long overdue success that she deserves....
by Andy
After a welcome end-of-year break, January is off to a flying start. On the studio front, we’re currently negotiating a long-term move to new premises following the end of our stay in Battersea. Once we leave our current home from home in Parson’s Green, we’re l...
by Andy
I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the artists I work with perform live over the last few weeks in prestigious London Venues. It’s particularly rewarding to see ideas hatched in the closed environment that we work in come alive in front of thousands of people. Truly a privileg...
by Andy
Simple Minds are live ‘In Concert’ for Radio 2 at the Hackney Empire on Thursday. Radio 2 listeners will be given a sneek preview on the Ken Bruce show in the morning The show is in support of the new ‘Simple Minds Acoustic‘ album and will be live on Radio...
by Andy
SouthWest Studio Battersea (formerly Sphere Studio 1) So the doors have finally closed on yet another of London’s finest recording studios. As Sphere studios, the former laundry at 2 Shuttleworth Road, London SW11, traded from c.2000 to March 2014 as a commercial music hub with w...
by Andy
With the recent success of the album Big Music by Simple Minds, Andy talks about how the album was recorded and what it’s like working with a band whose reputation and substantial back catalogue precedes them… Did you listen to early Simple Minds as a young man? Which...
by monkehWorks
One of the tests for any long-time record producer is handling change and transformation, both in the overall musical climate and within the career of an established act. When multi-million sellers Simply Red announced their decision to disband in 2010, after twenty-five years, t...
by Tim Benson
Over the years a lot of people have asked me what it is that a record producer actually does – and it’s still a question that regularly comes up. I recently sat and talked it through with old friend and writing partner Tim Benson – and we put down a few of the thoughts that...
by monkehWorks
Part of July the focus will be on helping prepare the wonderful Miel de Botton as she makes her first foray into the world of summer festivals. With two performances lined up she will take to the stage later this month at Camp Bestival and then a few weeks later at the fabulous C...
by Andy
Motoring on into summer already – Gavin and I are back from an excellent week in Glasgow where we’ve spent time getting our heads together, working on new material with Simple Minds. Working at the impressive Gorbals Sound Studio we recorded eight pieces – can’t say t...
by Andy
May is often a favourite month with me – this year proving to be no exception. Alongside all of the great music taking shape in the studio, it’s been a privilege to get out and about to some really enjoyable events – not least the annual Ivor Novello awards with Simple Mind...
by Andy
Another busy week, both in and out of the studio, lots of of great music going on, and multiple new  projects on the horizon. We’ve begun the process of mixing Sam Swallow’s as yet untitled album, the first three tracks are well underway. It’s a record we’...
by Andy
A fantastic week – one of the best I can remember in a while… American singer-songwriter Nell Bryden’s album – her sixth – is one we’ve all been looking forward to recording. She came in with a perfect set of songs, we got together our dream team of players. We&...
by Andy
What’s the album called? I think Gibo had ’20th Century Man’ in mind. I get that this is how he sees himself but it’s not self-deprecating, more a realistic evaluation of his outlook. Does it have a lead track? Not really. Again, Gibo might think that 20th...
by monkehWorks
It’s so long now since I wrote anything by way of content for this website. All of a sudden people are starting to notice that I haven’t said much but the truth is it has been a whirlwind for the last 2 1/2 years and I have simply not found the time. Even now I […]...
by monkehWorks
2011 was a blur. January through April was spent completing Peter Grant’s fabulous new album. It was a long period of development gathering songs, trying new styles, going down a few blind alleys and hitting some moments of inspiration. Finally the album was upon us and we ...
by monkehWorks
2010 started really well with Gavin and I working for the first time with Imelda May. I saw Imelda singing live at a special gig with Jeff Beck in the Autumn of 2009. She has both an incredible voice and an engaging charisma. As luck would have it I was looking for some 50s music...
by monkehWorks
  Intro about the interview, who with, date, what the general topic was Q.I really loved the 2 releases you produced for Jeff Beck, You Had It Coming & Jeff. I thought they were very inspiring & progressive. Were there any particular artists or songs at the time that...
by monkehWorks
My association with Macedonian born singer Toše Proeski  began in the spring of 2006. Tragically Toše died in a road accident on October the 16th 2007. I have since remained in contact with Toše’s family, completing our unfinished work (the resulting Album “The Hardes...
by monkehWorks